The San Jose Sharks re-signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension, the team's Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced Wednesday.
“Marc-Edouard has grown into an important part of our organization over the last six seasons,” Wilson said. “He can play in all situations and has blossomed into a very trusted player on both sides of the puck. We are very happy to have him on our team for the next six seasons.”
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound native of Montreal, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the second round (35th overall) of the 2005 NHL Draft.
Last season, Vlasic, 25, led the team, and was tied for 12th in the NHL, with 171 blocked shots, including a franchise-record eight blocks on Dec. 23 against Los Angeles. He was named the NHL Second Star of the Week for Nov. 14-20, when his tallied seven points (one goal, six assists) in three games.
In six seasons with San Jose, Vlasic has appeared in 471 regular season games where he has posted 133 points (22 goals, 111 assists). In franchise history, he ranks 11th in games played. Named to the 2006-07 NHL All-Rookie Team, Vlasic's number games played ranks second among all players selected in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition to his regular season experience, Vlasic's 68 playoff games are tied for fifth-most in franchise history. He has posted nine points in those games.